Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30...Wait for it....


wait for it.... wait for it.... wait for it.....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24...zen

Reason #22.... The calm before the storm

Sunday, October 23, 2011

october 23..... the orange god

Reason #21...........Pumpkin.... EVERYTHING!

Pumpkin Cookies:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix it and bake it for a few minutes on 375 degrees.....  for the icing, melt some butter and brown sugar into your vanilla icing and   seriously, its ridiculous!

Yes, this pumpkin pie spice creamer is RIDICULOUS!!!!  whip it into your hot cocoa or vanilla chai.  its like heaven...

Its a miracle spice..... whip into your whipped cream for hot cocoa or into your vanilla ice cream or be really crazy and put just a little bit on your pot roast (Seriously!)

They're alright..... BUT amazing to bake with... or throw in your rice pudding... or oatmeal...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

october 22, 2011.....daydreamer

Reason #20... thoughts of home....

this is where I'm from

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21... Nom Nom Nom

Reason #19.... soups and chillis...

Pork Chilli mini Pumpkins
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 40 mins Roast: 15 mins to 20 mins 400°F Start to Finish: 1 hr 15 mins
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for pans
  • 12 mini pumpkins (3-1/4 to 3-3/4 inches in diameter)
  • 3/4 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound ground pork or ground turkey
  • 1/4 pound kale (stems discarded), coarsely chopped
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F and arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; lightly oil 2 large baking pans. Cut tops off pumpkins; remove and discard seeds from bottoms. Arrange pumpkin tops and bottoms, cut side down, on prepared pans. Roast, switching pans halfway through, until just tender but not falling apart, about 15 minutes for tops and 20 minutes for bottoms.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a 5-quart pot over moderate heat. Add squash, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin; cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Add pork and cook, stirring and breaking up clumps, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir in kale, broth, and beans; simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro; salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into pumpkins and top with lids. Makes 12 servings

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20.... Yum

Reason #18.... Apple everything!

Easy Apple Cake Recipe:
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
      2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
5 1/2 cups chopped apples


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
                    In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla, mix well. Add the nuts and apple, mix until all of the apples are evenly coated. Pour into a 9x9 inch pan.
                 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve warm or cool.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19th... Musical Rides

Reason #17... Fall Concert Tours

I've been going to the same concert for 12 years... what of it?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17th...Hallowe'en Town

Reason #15 (and really the only one I need!)..... Nightmare Before Christmas

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15.... Rocky Road

Reason #13... Rocky Horror Picture Show, duh!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12th...Underground

Reason # 10: Ironic, taboo, and randomly dark Steam-punked photos

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10th... Sing and Shout

Reason # 8: The Sounds of the Isles

This is Teada-- Yes, I've seen them live and enjoyed it much.